Ford Enables CarPlay, Android Auto on 2016 Models

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2016-year Ford vehicles equipped with the automaker's SYNC 3 technology can now download an update fitting them out with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Owners will have the option to update by visiting a dealership, downloading an install file to a USB drive, or applying the software upgrade through a home WiFi network. The upgrade will be available for around 800,000 vehicles in total, giving a huge number of Ford auto owners the chance to get big infotainment improvements without having to buy a newer model auto. As long as a user's Sync 3 system is running version 2.2, the update can be installed one of two different ways.

"If an update is available, the system automatically downloads the update in the background over a period of time without any customer interaction", Ford explained in a statement, noting that there's no need to keep the vehicle running for the update to take place.

If you're feeling "with it" technologically, it's also available via Ford's first-ever Wi-Fi update.

And Android Auto and CarPlay offer many more features besides navigation, from access to streaming music to the ability-via CarPlay only-to talk to Siri, Apple's personal voice assistant.




Android, Android Auto, Google Maps and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

Apple CarPlay works with iPhone 5 and later models with iOS 7.1 and higher.

This is Ford's first Wi-Fi OTA update.

Now, thanks to a simple USB update (or by visiting a dealership), you can add Android and Apple's in-car functionality, opening the door to a new interface in your vehicle.

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